YouTube Content ID is a digital fingerprinting system (developed by Google) which is used to easily identify and manage copyrighted content on YouTube. Looking for matches, YouTube scans video files uploaded and registered with Content ID by content owners. Content owners can then choose to have matching content taken down or to monetize it.
By opting into Songtradr YouTube Rights Management, song owners can gain access to the YouTube Content ID system. They can opt-in all songs or opt-in song by song within the monetization page. By doing so, artists can generate income from anyone who uses their songs in videos uploaded to YouTube.
1. How do I get paid for YouTube monetization?
Songtradr will account to all rights-holders within 30 days of receiving payment from YouTube. Your account will be credited with 100% of any income received from YouTube less our usual commission (20% for Pro Subscribers and 40% for Starter, i.e. free accounts).
2. Why should I use Songtradr for YouTube Rights Management?
- Song owners can choose which songs they wish to monetize
- Songtradr automatically splits and deposits revenues to all rights-holders’ accounts accordingly
- Access to YouTube’s Content ID system is typically restricted to large labels, publishers and distributors, where specialized training and knowledge are needed to navigate, collect revenue and manage rights disputes. Songtradr YouTube Rights Management can manage these tasks for you.
3. How do my songs make money on YouTube?
Song owners earn money when ads have been placed on YouTube videos that contain their songs. Songtradr YouTube Rights Management identifies and collects on these usages for the song owners.
4. Are all songs eligible for YouTube Rights Management?
You can only opt-in songs which you own (control) and which are free of unlicensed third-party audio samples.
Please do not submit tracks for YouTube Rights Management that:
- Contain any third-party content that you have not licensed for this use (such as unlicensed samples or beats)
- Contain any ambient sound effects (like sounds from nature), production loops (such as Apple Loops from Garage Band) or samples from online audio libraries (like audiojungle.net or musicbed.com)
- Contain public domain music, clips or speeches
- Are karaoke versions or sound-a-like cover versions
- Are already represented for YouTube Rights Management by another provider
5. Does YouTube monetize my songs if they have been included in videos other people upload?
Yes, whenever ads have been placed on videos, Songtradr YouTube Rights Management will monetize those usages. This is the case even when you use your own songs on your own videos unless you decide to “whitelist” your YouTube channel.
6. What does it mean for me to “whitelist” my YouTube channel?
Whitelist means to "exclude”. Set your YouTube Channel Preferences to “whitelist” if you do not want Songtradr to collect revenue for your songs on your YouTube channel.
7. What are the types of ads that can appear in my videos?
- TrueView in-stream ads (https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/products/youtube-trueview/)
- Display ads (i.e., banners)
- Overlay in-video ads
- Non-skippable in-stream ads
These ads can range from a simple banner to an actual commercial. Additional monetization income is generated when more than one advertisement is placed on your video.
8. How much money can I make on YouTube?
The more your music is uploaded and streamed on monetized YouTube videos, the more revenue you can generate.